The 16th Day of the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) was another full of excitement and intense action at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Two events crowned their champions, while another four star-studded tournaments saw their fields whittled down.
Scott Ball bested a talented final table in Event #25: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em for his first WSOP bracelet and a bankroll-boosting $562,667 payout. Anthony Zinno won his second bracelet of the series, and his fourth overall, after emerging victoriously from Event #27: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
Here is what else went down on Day 16 of the 2021 WSOP.
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Chance Kornuth Looking To Become a Three-Time WSOP Champion
Chance Kornuth has given himself a great opportunity to make up for missing out on the $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em title in 2019. Kornuth finished fourth the last time this event took place in Las Vegas, now he has reached the final table again.
Kornuth is not only at the final table but is the chip leader going into the final game. The two-time WSOP bracelet winner is one of two finalists with seven-figure stacks, Kornuth’s 1,266,000 chips keeping him ahead of Chad Campbell’s 1,073,000.
There is quite the gap to third place, occupied by Israel’s Moshe Gabay (663,000), Dan Shak (425,000), Joao Vieira (300,000), and Thomas Kyser (234,000) make up the rest of the final table.
The final day commences at 4:00 p.m. on October 16 under the PokerGO cameras. Everyone is guaranteed $32,437 but the champion scoops $194,670 and a coveted gold WSOP bracelet.
Event #29: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em Final Table Chip Counts
|1||Chance Kornuth||United States||1,266,000|
|2||Chad Campbell||United States||1,073,000|
|4||Dan Shak||United States||425,000|
|6||Thomas Kysar||United States||234,000|
Dylan Weisman Holds Commanding Lead As $1K PLO Reaches Final Five
Only five players remain in contention to become the champion of Event #28: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed, and Dylan Weisman is the tournament’s chip leader.
Fifty-nine players returned to their seats for the penultimate day’s play, and there was a steady stream of eliminations throughout proceedings. Samantha Perryman was the first casualty of the day. The likes of Joseph Cheong, Georgios Sotiropoulos, Michael Perrone, and Bryan Micon followed Perryman to the rail.
The final nine gathered on one table but Karen Sarkisyan, Youness Barakat, Manan Bhandari, and Chase Fujita crashed, the latter’s exit bringing the curtain down on proceedings.
Weisman holds a substantial lead with 9,435,000 chips with Alexander Yen his nearest rival with 5,530,000. Tim Vanloo is flying the Austrian flag, doing so with 4,545,000 chips, with Ran Niv and Craig Chait bringing up the rear with 1,000,000 and 880,000 chips respectively.
The final five return at noon on October 16, and play continues until a champion is crowned.
Event #28: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Final Table Chip Counts
|1||Dylan Weisman||United States||9,435,000|
|2||Alexnder Yen||United States||5,530,000|
|5||Craig Chait||United States||880,000|
James Romero Off to a Flying Start in the $1,500 Monster Stack
The first of two flights in Event #30: $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em drew in a crowd of 2,356 players but only 522 of those starters had chips needing bagging after the completion of 11 levels. When the dust settled, nobody had more chips than James Romero.
Romero finished Day 1a of this popular event with a tournament-leading stack of 620,000. The American pro is rapidly approaching $5 million in live tournament winnings and is hungry for more.
Dozens of established pros chose Day 1a to start their quest for Monster Stack glory. JJ Liu (411,500), Asi Moshe (355,000), David “Bakes” Baker (265,000), Anton Wigg (252,000), Chris Moorman (227,500), and former Main Event champion Qui Nguyen (195,000) among them.
Equally as many stars failed to make it through to Day 2, including Adrian Mateos, Barry Greenstein, and Maurice Hawkings.
Day 1b begins at 10:00 a.m. on October 16 and should see another couple of thousand players buy in. Will any of them match Romero’s impressive total? Stay tuned to PokerNews to find out.
Event #30: $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em Top 10 Chip Counts
|1||James Romero||United States||620,000|
|2||Jeremy Shockett||United States||576,500|
|3||Brendan Shiller||United States||574,000|
|4||Greg Buonocore||United States||534,000|
|5||Andros Ioakimides||United States||497,500|
|6||Jason Hewlett||United States||485,500|
|7||Beriz Turnadzic||United States||457,500|
|8||Jason Riesenberg||United States||433,000|
|9||James Cook||United States||423,500|
|10||Tony Bracy||United States||415,000|
Ali Imsirovic Bags No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Day 1 Chip Lead
The No-Limit 2-7 Lowball events always attract poker’s top talent, and Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw was no different. Some 272 players bought in on Day with 84 of those punching their Day 2 tickets. The overnight chip counts read like a who’s who of the poker world.
Ali Imsirovic is the man leading the players back into battle on Day 2. Imsirovic has been in red hot form through 2021 and is now in pole position to bank what would be his first WSOP bracelet. The talented pro sits back down with 257,300 chips, only Justin Lapka (206,700) finished with more than 200,000 chips.
Jeremy Ausmus (158,600), and Christopher Vitch (157,300) both have two bracelets apiece and are in the top five chip counts.
Other bracelet winners still in with a chance of winning more gold include Brandon Shack-Harris (111,700), Brian Rast (110,100), Greg Mueller (103,800), and John Monnette (83,700).
Two poker Goliaths are also in the mix, too. Phil Hellmuth’s quest for a 16th career bracelet continues. Hellmuth bagged up 79,400 chips when Day 1 concluded. Daniel Negreanu desperately wants his seventh bracelet. He returns to the fray on Day 2 with 64,900 chips.
Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Top 10 Chip Counts
|1||Ali Imsirovic||Bosnia & Herzegovina||257,300|
|2||Justin Lapka||United States||206,700|
|3||Jeremy Ausmus||United States||158,660|
|4||Christopher Vitch||United States||157,300|
|5||Matt Vengrin||United States||152,300|
|6||Joshua Faris||United States||148,800|
|7||David Funkhouser||United States||147,100|
|8||Melanie Weisner||United States||138,800|
|9||Andrew Donabedian||United States||138,000|